Long Island, NY Barges ANNIE M ASHE and MONTANA Sink, Jan 1907



PROVIDENCE, R. I., Jan. 21.--A thrilling tale was told tonight by the survivors of a great storm that raged off Long Island from Saturday until today. All of them had faced death so long and suffered so severely that at one time none expected to live.

The survivors were brought here by the tug Buccaneer, which left Baltimore Thursday afternoon, bound for Providence, towing two immense coal bargers, the Annie M. Ashe and the Montana, both of which were lost.

Late Saturday night the vessels encountered a heavy storm off the highlands of Navasaka and when the tug and her tow reached a point off the lower side of Long Island sound, the Ashe began to settle.

The tug cut loose from the Montana and went to the rescue of those on the sinking barge. Capt. Lockhardt, of the Ashe, had a life boat launched into which he placed his two children, tied in dunnage bags and Mrs. Lockhart.

Engineer Knudson took charge of the boat and when the tug had approached within ten feet of the little craft he dragged out the bag containing the boy and threw it in the arms of a deck hand. He then grasped the bag in which the little girl was imprisoned and after catching a line from the tug towed it to the top of the sack. The heat rose on the crest of a wave and he dropped the bag overboard and the crew of the tug hauled it carefully aboard.

Another lien was sent whistling into the lifeboat and this Knuden fastened under Mrs. Lockhardt's arms. The woman was dropped into the sea as her daughter had been and the woman was half dorwned[sic] when she was seized by kindly hands. Then the men were saved and the barge sank. Later the Montana was abandoned and she, too, went down.

Macon Daily Telegraph, Macon, GA 22 Jan 1907